I'm light brown and happy with my skin tone, but if I had to choose to be an other color, it would definitely be that dark chocolate complexion. I think that skin like Lauryn Hill or Gabrielle Union is just SO gorgeous. And I even find the real dark skin like Alek Wek's attractive, but I also feel like you have to have strong facial structure to be able to pull it off.
I guess it confuses me how in so many cultures, light is considered right, and dark is thought of as ugly. Why? In Africa, the Middle East, India, East Asia, South America and the Caribbean, so many women strive for the lighter skin tone, and would even go as far as to bleach themselves to become a few shades lighter. Even in my own family, people feel this way.
Yes, it's true that many people of European descent tan to become darker, but it's not even to become real dark; it's just to avoid being pale, and get a bit of color. And so many people of color in America wish they were lighter, and some even act on that! I watched Tyra Show the other day, and it was about these beautiful dark women who bleach their skin to become lighter. This just made me very sad, but just like Tyra, I am not really angry at them; I'm angry at the society that made them think this way.
I'm just wondering if there are certain countries or cultures in which dark-skinned women (Lauryn Hill is a good example) can be acknowledged for the beautiful women they are. I am getting really frustrated at seeing people who are obsessed with light skin. Is there a place on this planet where dark skin is desirable and is associated with positive things?